RECORD BABY BOOM

Busiest day in his­tory at Bundy ma­ter­nity ward

NewsMail - - FRONT PAGE - TAHLIA STEHBENS Tahlia.Stehbens@news-mail.com.au

BUND­ABERG Hos­pi­tal has set a new daily record of ba­bies born in a sin­gle day. Elden Michael Ray Min­ers was just one of 11 new­borns wel­comed on Wed­nes­day, and his par­ents were non-the-wiser of the hec­tic de­liv­er­ies go­ing on around them thanks to bril­liant nurs­ing staff.

IT SEEMS Valen­tine’s Day cel­e­bra­tions were a boom­ing suc­cess this year, with the Bund­baerg Hos­pi­tal de­liv­er­ing a record num­ber of ba­bies ear­lier this week.

A to­tal of 11 ba­bies were born on Wed­nes­day – the most the hos­pi­tal has ever de­liv­ered in a sin­gle day.

The pre­vi­ous high was nine. Not only were there the 11 births that day, but staff also had the task of man­ag­ing anti­na­tal pa­tients, other women who had al­ready birthed and out­pa­tients as well.

Mid­wifery unit man­ager Dohna Myler said it was a 24 hours for staff to re­mem­ber, with one mother shifted to a de­liv­ery suite af­ter the unit reached ca­pac­ity.

“We were skat­ing that day,” Ms Myler laughed.

“It was very busy but we had a very or­gan­ised team on that day so it was re­ally won­der­ful.

“On that day we had 21 pa­tients in the ward and it’s only a 20-bed ward, and I had quite a num­ber of ju­niors on that day still wait­ing to be­come reg­is­tered... but we worked re­ally well as a team.”

Seven males and four fe­males were be­tween the hours of 00.30am and 8.20pm on Novem­ber 7, with just three of the ba­bies formerly sched­uled for ce­sarean sec­tion.

The hos­pi­tal usu­ally av­er­ages about three births a day, and has recorded 902 this cal­en­dar year.

“Last year we were un­der 1000 for the fi­nan­cial year but I think we’ll go over that this year,” Ms Myler said.

Jenni and Keith Min­ers wel­comed baby Elden on Wed­nes­day and said their older son Char­lie was warm­ing up to the idea of be­ing a big brother af­ter vis­it­ing each af­ter­noon.

“I ac­tu­ally started get­ting con­trac­tions about half an hour be­fore I was due to go into surgery, so he was go­ing to come on this day re­gard­less, which was nice,” Mrs Min­ers said.

At 10.08am Elden was the sec­ond baby to be born that day, and the sec­ond-time par­ents were none-the-wiser to the hus­tle and bus­tle go­ing on around them.

“We didn’t even know that a record had been set un­til this morn­ing,” Mrs Min­ers said.

“We did hear the ward was at ca­pac­ity, but ev­ery­thing was nor­mal and all the mid­wives and nurses were great.”

Mr Min­ers said it didn’t feel any dif­fer­ent to it be­ing a fam­ily unit on any other day and com­mended the staff.

The cou­ple laughed at the idea of their new­born be­ing a Valen­tine’s suc­cess story, but pointed out there was a Blood Moon around the same time as well. “There must have been some­thing in the wa­ter,” Mr Min­ers said.

RECORD BIRTHS: Lit­tle Elden Michael Ray Min­ers was one of 11 ba­bies born at the Bund­aberg Hos­pi­tal on Wed­nes­day. Par­ents Jenni and Keith Min­ers couldn't be hap­pier. Photo: TAHLIA STEHBENS

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